The James J. Peters VAMC ENT/Audiology Service is currently recruiting for one Speech-language pathologist. The Speech-Language Pathologist at this level conducts a broad range of communication assessments to determine a patient's need for therapy and/or other interventions for the veteran and their family. Incumbent performs functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology practice which include but are not limited to clinical, educational and administrative functions. The Speech-Language Pathologist performs the following functions: Comprehensive evaluation, assessment and treatment of patients referred to Speech-Language Pathology, provision of education to patients, family members, medical and nursing staff, training of Speech-Language Pathology students, participation as a member of the health care team, maintaining and improving knowledge and skill through completion of continuing education requirements. CLINICAL Incumbent provides a full range of speech, language, cognitive, voice and dysphagia evaluation, assessment, and treatment services to a diverse population of veterans. Works independently, exercises clinical judgment in dealing with complex clinical decisions and daily problems, and coordinates with other disciplines concerning total patient care using professional knowledge and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology. Applies a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies such as LSVT in the practice of speech-language pathology to a diverse range of populations. Develops appropriate treatment strategies. Incorporates new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services independently. Conducts assessments, provides treatment interventions, and provides consultation to other health care professionals. Applies speech-language pathology instrumentation to diagnose and treat swallowing disorders. Practices augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia and cognitive communication disorders. Utilizes voice disorders principles and techniques including alaryngeal and trach/ventilator-dependent patient to perform functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology scope of practice. Exercises independent clinical judgment and adapts clinical procedures and techniques to accommodate age-specific and unique patient conditions, needs, and expectations. Consults with physicians and other health care practitioners related to diagnostic evaluation and treatment as appropriate. Documents in the medical record: evaluation, diagnosis and clinical opinion, treatment plans, outcomes of treatment, changes in functional status, and patient/family education. Attends interdisciplinary team meetings to collaborate with other health care practitioners in the development of a plan of care for the patient and advises on diagnosis and treatment. EDUCATION Provides orientation/training of medical staff . Assists in orientation and training of new staff. Provides training and supervision of students, trainees, and fellows, providing feedback on progress toward established educational goals. Keeps current with theory and practice through continuing education programs, journals, textbooks, and other literature, and in-service programs. Provides patient and family education. ADMINISTRATIVE Participates in developing guidelines and protocols, new patients' programs and evaluation of existing programs. Maintains patient records and other required data as appropriate. Maintains supplies, equipment and clinical areas to optimize safety and efficiency. May be requested to serve on committees or task forces. May perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial. Follows applicable informed consent, HIPAA rules on privacy and protecting patient rights. Incumbent possesses the scheduling option in Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (VISTA). Incumbent uses the scheduling options to schedule outpatient clinic appointments or uses the scheduling option for an administrative function. When scheduling clinic appointments, the incumbent uses established business rules to schedule appointments for veterans. This includes clinic visits, consultations, or entries into the Electronic Wait List (EWL). Incumbent complies with mandatory training requirements for the outpatient scheduling process Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Speech Pathologist/PD21V28A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.